• The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     

Three hundred meeting and event professionals gathered at Aria on March 31 for MNM+E’s 14th annual Best of Minnesota awards. Guests walked the red carpet (sponsored by Canterbury Park Catering & Events), posed at the Snapz Photo Booth and sipped bubbly from an aerial bartender (sponsored by Roseville Visitors Association). Saltee filled the main room with live music.

Local refreshments from Surly and Cannon River Winery were served, while Fabulous Catering’s heavy appetizer spread included mini lobster rolls and noodle stir fry in takeout containers. Mintáhoe Catering & Events’ decadent dessert selection ranged from cake pops to cupcakes. Attendees left with gift bags (sponsored by Mall of America and Bloomington CVB) that contained a signature DoubleTree by Hilton cookie, among other goodies. Meet Minneapolis sponsored the event’s registration. AVEX and Festivities provided the A/V (including a light-up curtain behind the stage) and décor, respectively

Kale. Copper. Moss. Lichen. Wood. Wheat. What do all these (seemingly) unconnected items have in common?

They’re all on tap for this year’s décor and floral trends and will be for at least the near future. How do we know? Five experts across Minnesota let us in on the secret, and we’re sharing it with you. 

It’s most plausible to think the beginning of the year is when trends pop up and the event industry blooms late, with patterns starting to crop up in the summer—a busy time for all planners.

 

Three hundred meeting and event professionals gathered at Aria on March 31 for MNM+E’s 14th annual Best of Minnesota awards. Guests walked the red carpet (sponsored by Canterbury Park Catering & Events), posed at the Snapz Photo Booth and sipped bubbly from an aerial bartender (sponsored by Roseville Visitors Association). Saltee filled the main room with live music.

 

Behind every stunningly decorated event are the people who put their blood, sweat and tears into making it flawless. That garbage you didn’t throw away at the end of the night? Someone’s picking that up and making sure it gets categorized correctly as a recyclable, compostable or trash. And the garbage you threw away in the Biffy? Someone’s pulling it out. Ever wonder if your driver gets sick of driving? MNM+E talked to four industry professionals who make your meeting easier or special event shine—the ones who make good despite the bad and the ugly.